Hollywood, MD – The 2018 International Philadelphia Flower Show was held as planned in spite of two snowstorms which occurred during the March 3 – 11 show.  Over 250,000 guests attended this year’s event titled “Wonders of Water.” This show was a collaborative effort of over 3,500 volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, and partners. Spectacular displays included floor-to-ceiling re-created rainforests, Japanese fountains, prize-winning floral entries, lectures, Make-and-Take crafts, Butterflies Live! and a Wine & Spirits Tasting and Store.

Here is a recipe from the Wine-Tasting: Strawberry Shortcake By: Lovetequilarose at TEQUILAROSE.COM
1 oz. Tequila Rose
1 oz. 360 Madagascar Vanilla
1 oz. Amaretto
.5 oz. Almond Milk
3 ripe strawberries
Directions: Add ingredients to blender with a scoop of ice and blend; serve immediately.

Celebration at HSMC
Be sure not to miss the celebration of Maryland’s 384th anniversary at Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) scheduled for Saturday, March 24 in a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at the Inn at Brome-Howard. Guests will include local dignitaries, as well as students from each of Maryland’s 23 counties plus Baltimore City. Keynote speaker is Chanel Compton, representing the Maryland Commission on African American Historical Culture. After the ceremony, the new exhibit will open entitled “Struggle for Freedom: African-American Life in St. Mary’s City in the 19th and 20th Centuries”. HSMC’s highest honor, the Cross Bottony Award, will be presented to MCAAHC, whose grant support made it possible for HSMC to preserve and interpret the Brome Quarter. Admission to the Museum is free on this day. The Inn is located at 18281 Rosecroft Road just a mile past the Visitor Center at HSMC. For more information you may call 240-895-4990 or you may contact info@hsmcdigshistory.org.

St. Maries Choral Arts April Calendar
Saturday April 21 – performance at the Historic St. Mary’s City Reconstructed Chapel at 4:30 p.m.; tickets are $10 online or at the door; Monday, April 30 – performance at First Saints Community Church, St. Paul’s Campus at 7 p.m. with the Leonardtown High School Choir (free). For more information you may contact www.smchoralarts.org.

Spirits at Maxwell Hall
There will be a Spirit Investigation held at 250-year-old Maxwell Hall in Hughesville with Lynn Ervin on March 24 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $35 (this includes light refreshments). Pre-registration is required and may be made by contacting Mike Callahan atmailto:raptorsrulemc@gmail.com” target=”_blank”>raptorsrulemc@gmail.com or at (240)765-5192.

Historic Sotterley Plantation Events
There will be a 5K Trail Run at Sotterley Plantation Saturday, April 7. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the Race starts at 9:30 a.m. Enter by March 18 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. The very next day – Sunday, April 8 – A Taste of Sotterley will be held featuring wine, beer and food pairings. Tickets are $40 per person. You may contact sotterley.org or 301-373-2280.

Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center
Vendors are asked to apply for various events to be held at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Calvert County during the year. These events include Makers’ Markets on April 7, August 4, September 1, and October 6; the Fairy House Festival on April 22, the Third Annual Antique and Flea Faire on May 5 and 6; the Calvert Green Expo and Makers Market on June 2, and the Sea Glass and Beach Crafts Market on July 7. You may contact Crystal Seay at 410-326-4640, or info@annmariegarden.org. The website is www.annmariegarden.org.

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